School of Engineering




The  School of Engineering is home to world class researchers who seek sustainable solutions for problems faced by contemporary society. Often, these researchers work as part of multi-disciplinary groups, providing unique and useful insights. 

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Prof Akshay Saha

Academic Leader: Research and Higher Degrees | 031 260 2725/ 2305

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The South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) was established in 2006 by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF). 

It is designed to attract and retain excellence in research and innovation at South African public universities through the establishment of Research Chairs at public universities in South Africa with a long-term investment trajectory of up to fifteen years.

There are two SARChI research chairs in the School of Engineering.

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Prof Annegret Stark

Chair of Sugarcane Biorefining | 031 260 3383

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Prof Cristina Trois

Chair of Waste and Climate Change | 031 260 3065

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Industry/ research awards and Research Expo

At this premium event, awards are conferred on our top researchers and on donors who provide financial support to the School. This event has been part of the Engineering calendar at UKZN for approximately 10 years. The event has played an important role in maintaining sustainable links with corporate donors as well affirming the research achievements of our academic colleagues and students.

Student dissertations

Research Space is an institutional repository of the University’s publications. It was developed to increase the visibility, availability and impact of its research output. Take a look at publications from the disciplines within the School of Engineering.